North Park Alumnus Establishes Caddy Business
CHICAGO (June 25, 2007) - If you have a membership at a private golf course, there’s a good chance you’ll have a caddy to carry around your clubs as you make your way around the green. The same does not hold true, however, for golfers who frequent public courses.
Matthew Lindahl C’2005, a former assistant pro at Chalet Hills in Cary, Ill., has launched caddiestogo.com, a site at which golfers can reserve caddies and arrange to meet them at a public course. Fees range from $40 to $60 per round, and the idea is catching on; 30 courses have already signed on to use caddiestogo.com.
The 24-year-old Lindahl states that his target market is the “upscale golfer, particularly business people who are entertaining clients.” One member of that audience is Paul Hawkinson C’92, a resident of Libertyville, Ill., and managing director and head of the U.S. Industrial Investment Banking Group for BMO Capital Markets. He recently hired a caddiestogo.com caddy familiar with the ThunderHawk Golf Club course, where green fees run close to $100.
“The kid I had was at least as good, if not better, than the caddies I’ve had at friends’ private clubs,” Hawkinson says. He plans to become a regular customer, stating that his goal, when working with clients, is to give them an experience as close to that of a private club as he can, and he gets that from caddiestogo.com.